How and why the Sentinel publishes endorsements
themselves to publish those positions. We check our archives for stories about candidates, and sometimes we’ll talk with people who are familiar with them.
After compiling what we can, the board meets by video conference to reach a consensus. (The editorial board consists of Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio, Jay Reddick, David Whitley, Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson and me. Columnist Scott Maxwell participates in our interviews and in our deliberations.)
One important note: We do make choices based on who we think has the best chance of winning. We’re not playing the odds. Sometimes we’ll endorse a long shot candidate because that’s the person we think is best suited for the job.
While the board tries to be thorough, our recommendations should be viewed as just a piece of the puzzle for voters to use in making their own decisions. We encourage our readers to do their own homework — which can include watching our interview videos — so they can make the most informed choice possible.
You can expect to see our endorsements in nearly 50 congressional, judicial and local races — everything from judges to sheriffs to county commissioners — all of which will be curated at OrlandoSentinel.com/endorsements.
We hope you find the endorsements useful, and we also hope you’ll be sure to register and to vote in the Aug. 18 primary and the Nov. 3 general election.